The Churches of Peace - Jawor and Swidnica were erected in the 17th century. At present, they are considered as the pearls of the European architecture, truly unique as such a design cannot be seen anywhere else. Thus, in 2001 the churches were inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In Catholic Poland, the churches symbolize the Lutheran influence, thus the religious freedom which, at the time when the churches were being constructed, was quite common in western and northern Europe. Both churches are proud of their valuable Baroque decorations.
The Church of Peace in Świdnica is the largest wooden church in Europe. Its Baroque interiors are just beautiful. The church is 44 m long, 30.5 meters wide and it can accommodate up to 7,500 people. Besides the services, the church is used as a concert hall ( classical music performances) . The church in Swidnica is open to the public from May to late autumn, from Monday to Saturday. Admission is 5 PLN for adults and 3 PLN for children.
The Church of Peace in Jawor is one of the largest wooden churches in Europe. It is 43.5 meters long, 14 meters wide and 15.7 m high. Its capacity is 6,000 people. Its interiors are marvelous - they are decorated with scenes from the Old and New Testament. The most valuable and oldest monument in the church interior is the original baptismal font. The church was designed by the architect Albrecht von Saebisch from Wroclaw.